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Rupshu Valley Trekking

16 Nights/17 Days
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17 Days
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Trip Overview

Since 1974, when Ladakh first became accessible to foreign visitors, this high and arid region has captured the imagination of adventure travelers. This itinerary between Ladakh and Zanskar offers a large diversity of landscapes, from the jagged Kongmaru La pass (5000m) to the green oasis of the Markha valley with breath-taking views of the Korakoram snow-capped peaks. Many scattered high villages, each with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, add color to this otherwise quite barren environment, and provide the chance to meet the Ladakhi peasants in the simplicity of their daily life. Markha will be an opportunity to visit the old monastery, famous for its paintings.Trekking Information on Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh:

Region: Ladakh Himalaya
Grade : Strenuous
Altitude: 5030 mtrs
Trekking Routes: Delhi - Leh - Marteslang - Chokdo - Latza Kongmaru - Kongmaur La - Nimaling - Hankar - Markha Valley - Chalok - Shingo -Ganda La - Rumbak - Namlung La - Stok - Leh - Delh

Proposed Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive Delhi,

    Where you will be met and transfered to your hotel.

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    Day 2

    Delhi - Leh (3500m) by plane

    Arrive Leh and drive by jeep to the ladakhi style hotel. The rest of the day is free to either rest in the shade of the hotel courtyard, or we can take a lazy walk into Leh's colourful bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

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    Day 3

    Visit Leh

    A whole day at leisure in Leh. You can visit some of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Ladakh (15th and 17th century), Thikse, Shey and Hemis and take a walk to the colorful bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.

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    Day 4

    Leh - Hemis (3505m) by bus

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    Day 5

    Hemis - Shang Sumdo (3850m) in 4h

    Today we leave the Indus valley. We descend towards Martselang, then follow the valley, which is fairly narrow in some places, continuing along the riverbed to Shang Sumdo. A short and pleasant stage, in anticipation of the next two long days.

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    Day 6

    Shang Sumdo - Latza Kongmaru (4800m) in 7h.

    We progress along the river whose banks are studded with ochre rocks.From Chukirmo village, the track leads into narrow gorges, where ponies need to be unloaded twice, and climb up to the base of Kongmaru La.

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    Day 7

    Latza Gongmaru-Kongmaru La(5030m)-Langtang Chu (4250m) in 7h

    From the pass, there are great views north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the southern view is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze (6400m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail and descend zigzagging across scree. Afterwards, the path descends easily towards the Nimaling summer pastures and the Markha valley, the most beautiful valley in Ladakh.

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    Day 8

    Langtang Chu - Yakrupal (4700m) in 4h

    We climb up the large valley, and, after crossing a stream, carry on along a wall of moraine

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    Day 9

    Yakrupal - Zalung Karpo La (5200m) - Sorra (4200m)

    We carry on upwards until the valley divides, where we fork right. From the pass, we follow a ridge trail that leads to another pass, then plunge into the valley.

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    Day 10

    Sorra - Dat (4200m) in 5h

    We follow beautiful woody gorges until they widen into a valley. Manis and shortens are scattered along the trail that leads along the Sara and Dat rivers. Dat is a verdant village, where arable farming uses every inch of land.

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    Day 11

    Dat - Yar La (5000m) - Lungmo Che (4010m) in 6h

    An easy climb takes us up to the pass, where we enjoy a dramatic view over the Rupshu. Sometimes we are overtaken by caravans of "Khyangs", wild donkeys that frighten our ponies.

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    Day 12

    Lungmo Che - Lun (4100m)

    The landscape completely changes, turning into into a vast arid plain where the Zara Chu flows (dry from August on). Tibetan nomads populate the area.

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    Day 13

    Lun - Marang La (5300m) - Takh in 7h

    The path leaves the river and leads up to a beautiful plateau at 4500m. We climb up gently to the last pass. Then it is a long descent towards Takh.

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    Day 14

    Takh - Manali by bus

    A long drive to Manali. Crossing the Rohtang Pass(3990m) above Manali, We glimpse the green forested slopes of the Kullu- Manali Valley. Overnight at Hotel.

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    Day 15

    Manali - Delhi,

    Check in to our Hotel.

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    Day 16

    Visit - Delhi

    The morning is free to relax and then after lunch we leave for a 05 Hours sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, Which are completely different in character to one another. We visit the Qutub Minar, Red fort and India Gate.

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    Day 17

    Transfer to airport and fly back home

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